Two graduating bandos named 21st Century Leaders

Jennifer Antocci and Mike Nicholson

UMass Amherst honored the exemplary achievement, initiative and leadership of some of its most talented and accomplished graduating seniors during Undergraduate Commencement Friday, May 6 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium

Ten members of the graduating class were honored as 21st Century Leaders at Undergraduate Commencement, 2 of whom are members of the Minuteman Band.

21st Century Leaders

Jennifer Antocci of Westminster, MA is a double major in public health and communication. As a drum major with the Minuteman Marching Band (who provided mentoring to incoming drum majors) she also served as a teaching assistant, taught a group fitness class, competed with the ballroom dance team and interned with the March of Dimes. She will return to the campus to complete a master of public health degree with a concentration in community health education.

Michael Nicholson is a double major in political science and history from Gardner, MA. He has earned a certificate in public policy and administration and one in international relations. He also has been an active member of the history honors society and a peer mentor. He is a drum major with the Minuteman Marching Band, and marched in the 2013 Macy’s Parade. He is currently enrolled in the accelerated master of public policy program at UMass Amherst.